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3200 Stanley Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Phone: 715-344-2113
Fax: 715-344-2166
William Wanta

William "Bill" Wanta

Thursday, January 7th, 1937 - Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
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William "Bill" E. Wanta age 82, of Shantytown, took his final flight and passed away at home surrounded by his family on February 26, 2019.
Funeral services for Bill will be held at 5:30 PM on Tuesday March 5, 2019 at the Shuda Funeral Chapel - 3200 Stanley St. Stevens Point. Deacon Dick Rozumalski will officiate. Friends and relatives will gather to share memories from 2:30 until the time of services at Shuda's.
Bill was born January 7, 1937 in Stevens Point, the son of Zigmund and Myrna (Hodgden) Wanta. He graduated from Rosholt High School in 1955, and entered the United States Navy receiving a general discharge, he then worked in Milwaukee for a couple of years before returning to the Rosholt area. He began his career as a pipe fitter and retired from Union Local #434 in 1999. Bill married Elsie Somers on February 19, 1966 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Polonia. Bill was one of the founding members of the Shantytown Snowmobile Club, he built the first drag for grooming the trails for the club. In 2000 he was named State of Wisconsin Groomer of the Year and then International Groomer of the year and entered into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame. Bill and Elsie have been members of the EAA since 1984 and have been volunteer workers many times at the EAA airshow in Oshkosh. Bill was a licensed pilot and owned his own planes, he enjoyed taking family and friends up for rides. He also belonged to the Glacier Ridge Antique Tractor Club. He enjoyed restoring classic tractors. Bill loved to spend time with his family especially his granddaughters, also enjoyed hunting, growing tomato’s and watching NASCAR races.
Bill is survived by his wife Elsie, and their three children. Naomi Wanta, Stevens Point; Bill (Amy) Wanta, Stevens Point; Jason "Jake" Wanta, Rosholt. Two granddaughter’s: Peyton and Sadie, many nieces and nephews and five exchange students that Elsie and Bill have hosted over the years from various countries. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Linda, and his brother Arlen.
The family would like to thank Nick and Dianne Somers, Cindy Glodowski and Ray and Shirley Schulist for all the help and support during this time. Also, Interim Healthcare staff and a special thank you to his nurse Jillian Stankowski, RN.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.shudafuneral.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 | 2:30pm - 5:15pm
    When
    Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 2:30pm - 5:15pm
    Location
    Shuda Funeral Chapel
    Address
    3200 Stanley Street
    STEVENS POINT, WI 54481
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  • Service

    Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 | 5:30pm
    When
    Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 5:30pm
    Location
    Shuda Funeral Chapel
    Address
    3200 Stanley Street
    STEVENS POINT, WI 54481
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Deacon Richard Rozumalski

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Bartlomiej Modzelewski and Family

Posted at 02:25pm
Dear Elsie and Family, please accept my sincere condolences in this difficult time. To me, Bill was an extraordinary gentlemen, and I will always remember Him this way.
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Bartlomiej Modzelewski

Posted at 02:13pm
Dear Elsie and Family, please accept my sincere condolences in this difficult time. To me, Bill was an extraordinary gentlemen, and I will always remember Him this way.
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Dianne Smith

Posted at 08:20am
My sincere sympathy to your family in the padding of your beloved husband and father. Bill is with you always - your heavenly angel. God bless you all with peace, comfort, and strength to carry you through this difficult time. Rest In Peace my friend. 🙏
MK

Mike Kiedrowski

Posted at 07:36pm
I'm very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I worked at Sentry Aviation from 1998-2001. I spent countless Saturday and Sunday mornings talking and laughing with Bill and the other regulars over coffee. I feel incredibly fortunate to have known him. Godspeed, Bill. "The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn't it be? —it is the same the angels breathe." Regards, Mike Kiedrowski - Bozeman, Montana
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Marti

Posted at 02:03pm
Thank you for always being the best host Dad ever. You taught me crucial life lessons and gave me a second home in a foreign world. I will miss you and I am forever grateful.
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